JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact – As impressive as the win at the top-seeded Cowboys was in 2007, this game takes the cake. It wasn’t that they beat the 49ers, it was how they got there. The Giants dominated San Francisco in every way, shape and form on their way to a 49-3 victory. Joe Montana was held to only 98 passing yards and threw two interceptions. It was one of the most dominant defensive performances in playoff history.
DAN SALOMONE: Fact – Don Sperling, head of production here at the Giants, likes to rip our age when we write about the good old days of the New York Football Giants. True, I was born a month after the game, but you don’t need wooden teeth to know the importance of George Washington. The most lopsided postseason victory in franchise victory was against Bill Walsh, Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Roger Craig and Dwight Clark. Just think about that.
LANCE MEDOW: Fiction – A 49-3 victory over the Niners is certainly impressive given how highly contested previous and future meetings between the teams played out, but in the 1986 season, the Giants were the top seed in the NFC and had beaten San Francisco, 21-17, on the road in Week 13. The Giants were the favorite based on the regular season resumes. In 2011, the Giants knocked off the top-seeded Packers, 37-20, at Lambeau Field. Green Bay entered that game with a 15-1 record and had topped the Giants, 38-35, in Week 13 on the road. The Packers also were one of the best teams in the league in protecting the ball, yet they turned it over four times. On top of that, the Giants pulled off one of their most impressive plays in postseason history as Eli Manning connected with Hakeem Nicks on a Hail Mary touchdown pass right before the end of the first half.